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Indians vs. Tigers Game Thread (Saturday): Trevor Bauer vs. Justin Verlander

Let's Go Tribe!

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Indians vs. Detroit Tigers

Saturday, June 21, 2014, 7:15 p.m., Progressive Field

TV: Fox regional broadcast


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Today's Lineups

Ian Kinsler - 2B Michael Bourn - CF
Austin Jackson - CF Asdrubal Cabrera - SS
Miguel Cabrera - 1B Michael Brantley - LF
Victor Martinez - DH Jason Kipnis - 2B
J.D. Martinez - RF Carlos Santana - 1B
Nick Castellanos - 3B Lonnie Chisenhall - 3B
Alex Avila - C Nick Swisher - DH
Eugenio Suarez - SS David Murphy - RF
Rajai Davis - LF Yan Gomes - C
Justin Verlander - RHP Trevor Bauer - RHP


After starting his season with seven quality starts in eight appearances, Justin Verlander has been a mess of late. He has given up at least 5 earned runs in six of his last seven starts, with a 7.83 ERA during that time, and nearly as many walks (20) as strikeouts (26), making it easily the worst stretch of his career. That said, I don't let go of my fears easily, so I don't expect an easy night for the Tribe offense.

Speaking of which, it's excellent to see Michael Brantley back in the lineup after a few days off because of a concussion (he technically returned late Friday night, when he pinch hit in the 9th inning).


Today's other AL Central games

Twins 4, White Sox 3 (Chicago falls into basement)

Mariners 2, Royals 1 (Kansas City managed only 3 hits)


Today's Indians minor league affiliate games

AAA: Columbus Clippers (TBD) @ Lehigh Valley IronPigs, 6:35 ET

AA: Akron RubberDucks (Cody Anderson) @ Harrisburg Senators, 6:00 ET

A+: Carolina Mudcats (Shawn Morimando) vs. Frederick Keys, 6:00 ET

A: Lake County Captains (Mitch Brown) vs. South Bend Silver Hawks, 7:00 ET

Short Season: Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Luis DeJesus) @ Batavia, 7:05 ET